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Blotter: Road-rage incident ends in shooting after man asks, 'What are you going to do, shoot me?'

A road-rage incident ended Tuesday afternoon when a driver fired at least one round from a handgun near the intersection of South Interstate 35E and Brinker Road, according to police. 

No injuries were reported. Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said a 62-year-old man had been driving behind the suspect's vehicle when the suspect slammed on his brakes. 

Both men eventually pulled over when the victim approached the suspect's vehicle. The suspect, who was described as a man in his 60s, then pointed a handgun at the man from inside his car. 

"What are you going to do, shoot me?" the victim said, according to Kizer.  

The suspect then pulled the trigger on the gun numerous times before it fired a single round, the victim said, adding that he wasn't shot. 

The suspect drove away while the victim waited for police at a nearby Burger King. No arrests were made. 

Other reports 

2700 block of West University Drive — A 20-year-old Walmart employee claimed he unknowingly stole merchandise from the store on University Drive on Tuesday when he was arrested on a theft charge.  

Kizer, the Denton police spokesman, said he didn't know whether the man was an employee of the store on University or at another Walmart. Surveillance video showed the man's girlfriend putting about $197 of merchandise in a basket before walking to the self-checkout line, Kizer said. 

The items included pillows, rice, slippers, laundry detergent and chicken strips, he said. 

Kizer said she pretended to scan the items, placed them back in the basket and left the cart near the entrance of the store. Moments later, the suspect pushed the basket past the exit, prompting a response from the store's asset protection officer, Kizer said. 

The suspect said he didn't know his girlfriend had not paid for the items, according to Kizer. Police were called to the scene at about 3:30 p.m., but the police report did not say whether responding officers contacted the girlfriend. 

The man was booked into Denton City Jail. 

9000 block of Wichita Lane — A custom home in far south Denton flooded between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning after someone left the bathroom sink on, according to a police report. 

The entire downstairs portion of the residence flooded. Police were unable to find a suspect when they were notified Tuesday. No arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 738 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 47 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 124 calls for service and made eight arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 30 medical calls, three vehicle accidents and one downed power line.